World Class Train Stations – A Video from 2008

The Cincinnati and Ohio Railroad’s “George Washington Express” drives out of the Great Cincinnati Union Terminal in 1933. Photo by Paul Briol, one of the great Cincinnati photographers.

Below is a short, great overview video from Vimeo, of a discussion held in New York, with Christopher Brown, author of the excellent book:  Still Standing: A Century of Urban Train Station Design regarding the notion of what civic life is in a democratically-inspired region/nation and its relationship to public life, transit, and political power.

As High-speed rail is on peoples’ minds in the United States, catching up with Europe and Asia, and South America as far as attention to railroads, is an interesting development.  Most decidedly, it is about politics, money, and power. The way the people of power see themselves on the global stage, from the 16th century forward, has become an important aspect of how we are all, as citizens of the phenomenon of nationhood, see ourselves.

Ultimately, it is, as the video states, about how people may move between places in comfort, safety, speed, and enjoyment.

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